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    Okay, first before I post anything about Staffordshires, I want people to know that im not deliberately trying to upset, target, ping off, attack, offend etc etc. anyone or the breed, so please dont bite my head off if I end up putting my foot/entire leg in my mouth.

    Since I have been on this forum, I have learnt alot about dogs, especially the Staffys. I previously thought that they were the type of dog *NO BITING HEAD OFF HERE!!* that attacked young kids, like what I heard on the news about dog attacks and the like. I now know that that is NOT the case, and that Staffys are a friendly, beautiful breed. I was hoping for some more information on them, their so-called viciousness ( I know that its not true, its just what I have heard on the news and such, from people that know nothing much about dogs), and whether they might be just what I am looking for. How would they suit, agility wise?

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    Staffies as per the standard are "courageous, fearless and totally dependable"

    There are pros and cons regarding the Staffy.

    They are not a breed to be left in the backyard...they crave human companionship and are miserable without their humans. If you don't like a "clingy" dog...don't get a Staffy

    They dig...they love it...they are terriers. Trust me...an understimulated Staffy can and will destroy your backyard...BBQ...pool fence...plants and ornaments in a VERY short period of time

    As much as they love humans...their relationship with other dogs can be somewhat strained...due to their history as pit dogs. You MUST understand what you are getting and understand the breed completely! EARLY socialisation with other dogs is a MUST and LOTS of it is needed!!!

    They really are a large dog in a smaller dogs body. They are EXTREMELY strong and powerful....but the sweetest and kindest sooks you will meet! They lick and they lick a lot We were going to name one of our puppies Cleasantas Sir Lickalot and another Cleasantas Lady Cuddlepot

    They are SHOCKING guard dogs. They will alert you to people coming, but will invite anybody into your house because in the Staffy's head......they are there for him and to pat him

    They can have allergi problems and can suffer from 2 hereditary diseases - L2-Hga (a deadly neurological disorder) and HC (hereditary cataract)...investigate those two diseases. Responsible reputable breeders will NOT breed with stock who is a carrier of L2-Hga and HC and will show you proof of clearance from these two diseases!

    If you decide the Staffy is the go...give me a hoy and I might be able to steer you in the right direction of a good breeder

    Go to shows and watch these beautiful dogs...talk to exhibitors and breeders

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Staffies as per the standard are "courageous, fearless and totally dependable"

    There are pros and cons regarding the Staffy.

    They are not a breed to be left in the backyard...they crave human companionship and are miserable without their humans. If you don't like a "clingy" dog...don't get a Staffy

    They dig...they love it...they are terriers. Trust me...an understimulated Staffy can and will destroy your backyard...BBQ...pool fence...plants and ornaments in a VERY short period of time

    As much as they love humans...their relationship with other dogs can be somewhat strained...due to their history as pit dogs. You MUST understand what you are getting and understand the breed completely! EARLY socialisation with other dogs is a MUST and LOTS of it is needed!!!

    They really are a large dog in a smaller dogs body. They are EXTREMELY strong and powerful....but the sweetest and kindest sooks you will meet! They lick and they lick a lot We were going to name one of our puppies Cleasantas Sir Lickalot and another Cleasantas Lady Cuddlepot

    They are SHOCKING guard dogs. They will alert you to people coming, but will invite anybody into your house because in the Staffy's head......they are there for him and to pat him

    They can have allergi problems and can suffer from 2 hereditary diseases - L2-Hga (a deadly neurological disorder) and HC (hereditary cataract)...investigate those two diseases. Responsible reputable breeders will NOT breed with stock who is a carrier of L2-Hga and HC and will show you proof of clearance from these two diseases!

    If you decide the Staffy is the go...give me a hoy and I might be able to steer you in the right direction of a good breeder

    Go to shows and watch these beautiful dogs...talk to exhibitors and breeders
    Good post. I like it.

    So they will bark, but only to tell the person coming to pat them? sigh. Im looking for dog that would protect(ish) if it was needed. Like, I want a dog to bark if someones coming, not be hostile unless there was trouble, you know what I mean?

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    My brother's Staffy is great with small children and other dogs - but he worked really hard on its social skills from very small. Made sure it met lots of dogs and little children and learnt the word "NO" and "BY HELL" ie if you don't behave you're going to get thumped - a method that I don't wholly approve of but sometimes a dog must learn "DON'T DO THAT" especially when they're capable of biting a child's face off. Hmm, that's probably all dogs.

    And she loves to run with tree branches - she's worse than Laurel and Hardy with a ladder, and she has the same impact as a wrecking ball if she crashes into you at speed. None of this is the least bit malicious though. It does sometimes need managing. It's not a good idea for kids to throw sticks for her because sometimes she doesn't wait for the stick to be thrown - she just grabs and sometimes she misses. Again - no damage but it's not pain free either. And this has a lot to do with the way my brother used to play with her.

    She does get horrible itches on her tummy from weeds in my brother's garden. She loves to lie frog legs on the lawn and I think that contributes. She's often very stinky - but I think that has to do with complete lack of bathing routine.

    And she was trained by my brother's Heinz who was pretty much deaf at the time, so she doesn't bark when people arrive. Unlike Frosty who barks her head off. Staffy wonders what the fuss is about. She will lick any visitor to death though. Again this does depend on how you bring the dog up.

    She's adorable but not my kind of dog. Maybe because of the stinky farts and snoring - I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Im looking for dog that would protect(ish) if it was needed.
    You might want to be careful there. If your dog is willing to protect you, and does, YOU can be sued. No matter what they were doing when your dog harmed them, they can get you in a lot of trouble and get your dog pts. You really would be better off with a dog like a staffy who would bark but not do anything about it. And a lot of people will see a dog barking at them and take that as warning enough.
    Good luck with your descission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    You might want to be careful there. If your dog is willing to protect you, and does, YOU can be sued. No matter what they were doing when your dog harmed them, they can get you in a lot of trouble and get your dog pts. You really would be better off with a dog like a staffy who would bark but not do anything about it. And a lot of people will see a dog barking at them and take that as warning enough.
    Good luck with your descission.
    Seriously? I didnt know that. In that case, i better think again. it opens up a whole lot of new options now.

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    Our Ralph (SBT), will bark, but will lick anyone to death, but most people unless they know him, will not come near him. He has never been a digger, but definately a wreaker, such as bedding, trampoline beds, cushions etc. They are a heavy weight small dog, so you have to sometimes watch that they don't headbut your legs! I does hurt. Ralph is great with other dogs in so far as if they bite him, he just stares at them! He will not retaliate! His best friend is the cat and they will rub on each other and sniff and lick each other for hours. Even both of them will sleep on my bed together. If you want a best friend, a loving companion, the staffy is for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    You might want to be careful there. If your dog is willing to protect you, and does, YOU can be sued. No matter what they were doing when your dog harmed them, they can get you in a lot of trouble and get your dog pts. You really would be better off with a dog like a staffy who would bark but not do anything about it. And a lot of people will see a dog barking at them and take that as warning enough.
    Good luck with your descission.
    Does the problem of being put through a civil case count if your Dog attacks an intruder in your home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Seriously? I didnt know that. In that case, i better think again. it opens up a whole lot of new options now.
    Yes, It is a sad state of affairs but true all the same. If someone breakes into your house and get bitten by your dog your dog can be pts and you can be up for a fine. Its stupid but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Staffies as per the standard are "courageous, fearless and totally dependable"

    There are pros and cons regarding the Staffy.

    They are not a breed to be left in the backyard...they crave human companionship and are miserable without their humans. If you don't like a "clingy" dog...don't get a Staffy

    They dig...they love it...they are terriers. Trust me...an understimulated Staffy can and will destroy your backyard...BBQ...pool fence...plants and ornaments in a VERY short period of time

    As much as they love humans...their relationship with other dogs can be somewhat strained...due to their history as pit dogs. You MUST understand what you are getting and understand the breed completely! EARLY socialisation with other dogs is a MUST and LOTS of it is needed!!!

    They really are a large dog in a smaller dogs body. They are EXTREMELY strong and powerful....but the sweetest and kindest sooks you will meet! They lick and they lick a lot We were going to name one of our puppies Cleasantas Sir Lickalot and another Cleasantas Lady Cuddlepot

    They are SHOCKING guard dogs. They will alert you to people coming, but will invite anybody into your house because in the Staffy's head......they are there for him and to pat him

    They can have allergi problems and can suffer from 2 hereditary diseases - L2-Hga (a deadly neurological disorder) and HC (hereditary cataract)...investigate those two diseases. Responsible reputable breeders will NOT breed with stock who is a carrier of L2-Hga and HC and will show you proof of clearance from these two diseases!

    If you decide the Staffy is the go...give me a hoy and I might be able to steer you in the right direction of a good breeder

    Go to shows and watch these beautiful dogs...talk to exhibitors and breeders
    Well said Dorte & i agree fully with your words...

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